I'm looking forward to getting some hard-boiled eggs, Cadbury chocolate eggs, Starburst jellybeans, and Reese's peanut butter eggs at my parent's house, as they always put together candy baskets for my sister and I each year, and mom makes a couple dozen hard-boiled eggs.
For those not familar with why many celebrate Easter, from a Christian point of view, Easter is a celebration of Jesus rising from the dead after being crucified on the cross and paying for the sins we would commit in our lifetimes.
For those interested in learning more, feel free to read Luke chapters 22, 23, and 24, and I would LOVE to answer any questions you might have.
That is why we, as Christians celebrate Easter. Without the events that occurred, none of us would be able to go to Heaven, as we have all sinned. But God sent His only son, Jesus, to make the ultimate sacrifice and pay for our sins, offering us a new life through Him so that we can join Him in Heaven someday.
So if Easter is really supposed to be about Jesus, then what do eggs, chicks, bunnies, lilies and new clothes have to do with it?
Well that's simple really, as most symbolize new life.
- The hatching of eggs into a chick is a fresh, new life.
- The bunny is a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of spring and new life.
- The white blossoms of lilies symbolize the purity of Jesus. Lilies, emerging from the earth in the spring, also symbolize new life and the resurrection of Christ.
- Wearing new clothes for Easter symbolizes new life offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I really don't get why it's so hard for some people to just have faith, believe and give it a chance - why are people so stubborn?
My friend Nic, over at The Music Plays You, summed up my logic pretty well: "If I believe, and God exists – I’ve lived a good, fulfilling life, and I go to Heaven. If I believe, and God doesn’t exist – I’ve lived a good, fulfilling life, and I die. Now, if I don’t believe, and God doesn’t exist – I’ve lived a good, fulfilling life, and I die. In [those] options, I either go on to Heaven, or my life is over. But… if I don’t believe, and God does exist… well then, even if I lived a good and fulfilling life, I’m still doomed for hell. Even if we take all the finer points of religion out of the equation… I don’t know about you, but I really don’t feel like taking chances."
I just don't understand why some choose to take that risk - it's a risk I certainly wouldn't want to take! And it's sooo easy to make the decision.
True, the Bible can be a bit confusing and there's a lot of debate regarding how some of it relates to things of today, as it was written nearly 2000 years ago but the bottom line is, if you truly repent of your sinful nature, have faith and believe that God sent his only begotton son to die for us on the cross so that we might be with Him in Heaven someday and have eternal life, then we have nothing to fear. We put our trust in Him and spread His message of hope and love to others, living our lives as an example of His love (and not letting our sinful nature get the best of us). Most people in this world try to live good lives regardless - to some degree, most accept and try to live out The Golden Rule of the New Testament - "Do unto others as you'd have done unto you" - why can't you just put your trust, faith and belief in God and have it all? If turns out we were wrong all along, so what? We die, no harm done. At least we lived our lives, trying to follow Christ's example and believing in something that gave us a sense of strength to get through life and inspired us to live better lives.
Maybe it's because it's all I've known since I was really little, but I just really don't get why anyone would want to take their chances when it comes eternity and the afterlife.
I challenge you to pause for just a moment today and ask yourself,
"Why do I celebrate Easter?"
"Why do I celebrate Easter?"
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
Don't get too sick from all the food and candy you might be eating today!